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From Subsystem to Super System – Windows Subsystem for Linux, a Gateway to HPC

If you are seeking to leverage the full extent of computational resources for your research, you are likely to end up using a Unix machine to run your software. This is especially true if you are developing software and data analysis pipelines on High-Performance Computing (HPC) facilities, like Augusta – our own HPC facility at …

Programming – it’s all a question of style!

Today we look at the creation and potential reuse of programming code. An inordinate amount of code is created by researchers and academics at the University, but how much of it is ever reused? Is it possible to reuse it, potentially by someone from another faculty, school or department? Can it be easily understood by …

50 code challenges in 50 days

For the last few weeks, we have been posting a daily code challenge to the Research Software Network Team. Today marks fifty working days since the first challenge. It has been great to see the enthusiastic engagement with the challenges by colleagues from all stages of their careers. There have been really constructive conversations in …

COVID-19: Digital Research support for researchers

As this extended period of home working continues, our research community faces ever more challenges in maintaining research and is increasingly looking towards digital technology for support. *** Whether it’s to maintain our strong ethos of collaboration both internally and externally, collect and store data, analyse findings, or conserve and preserve outputs, researchers are having …

Locating Ancient Trees

Mapping ancient trees using high performance computing Ancient trees are ecologically, historically and culturally important, and although we know the locations of many, there are plenty more to be discovered. Victoria Nolan, a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham is using mathematical models to produce predictions of likely suitable areas for ancient trees allowing …

The Internet of Simulations

The Digital Research Team is working with Charlie Laughton in the School of Pharmacy to explore if computational simulations could be done differently.  In many fields, computational methods are used to generate a prediction as to how a system will behave over time. Typically the simulation is a small window in time into what is, …

Research Software Engineering: HPC Midlands Plus

The University is part of a consortia of Universities, which have been awarded funding from the EPSRC to provide one of a number of regional ‘Tier 2’ High Performance Computing Centres. The facility is physically located at the University of Loughborough, HPC Midlands Plus These regional facilities provide a greater computational capacity than an individual University …

Research Software Engineering for Data Driven Discovery

The Data Driven Discovery Research Priority Area includes researchers from across all five faculties of the university, all working with novel ways of interacting with data. When we were looking to test a research software engineering service, to see what value it might bring to researchers and how it might work, the RPA members were natural …

Evidencing the Impact of TexGen Software

TexGen is an open source piece of software that models the geometry of textile structures. Developed here at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Nottingham and made freely available to the research and industrial communities through a General Public Licence, it is currently hosted and distributed on the SourceForge site. TexGen Website TexGen is …

Research software engineering support in Geography

The Digital Research team are working with the School of Geography to trial a new Research Software Engineering (RSE) service. Our RSE has been across a range of different research projects including: Forest Demography Doreen Boyd, Associate Professor and Reader in Earth Observation, and her team are using a series of rainforest based LiDaR data …